'Ghostbusters' is coming back to Universal Studios

July 17, 2019, 12:20 PM · Universal Studios will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters at Halloween Horror Nights this year, with mazes featuring the classic supernatural comedy in both Hollywood and Orlando.

From Universal's press release:

In each maze, guests will follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters – Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston – as they venture through artfully recreated scenes from the film, including the firehouse, New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer, as an army of ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms attack from every corner. As they delve deeper into the maze, guests will come face-to-face with an array of paranormal creatures, from the voracious Slimer to the all-powerful Gozer the Gozerian and in its ultimate destructor form – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

And here's the hype video:

This isn't Ghostbusters' first appearance at Universal, of course. The film was featured in the Ghostbusters Spooktacular show at Universal Studios Florida from the park's 1990 opening through 1996. (That was replaced by Twister - Ride It Out and now is the site of the Jimmy Fallon ride.)

And Ghostbusters also features in Stranger Things' season 2, which will be featured in another maze on both coasts. With Stranger Things and Ghostbusters as the leading IP this year, Orlando will be continuing the overall 1980s theme that it featured last year.

Ghostbusters is the sixth announced house for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, which starts September 6.

In Hollywood, Halloween Horror Nights kicks off with a preview night on September 12 before an official start on Friday the 13th. USH has announced Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and Holidayz in Hell as its mazes so far, in addition to its year-round The Walking Dead maze.

Replies (7)

July 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM

This is super exciting!

Also there will be a roller coaster of emotion from the community as they love it, then hate it, then love it again!... then hate it again... then say it was like the best house of the year.

July 17, 2019 at 12:32 PM

I do recall very first trip to Universal way back in 1992, we got a kick out of the Ghostbusters show. Sadly, never got back there before it closed but still fond memories of it.

July 17, 2019 at 12:44 PM

That is great, especially they go for the original and not the latest GB movie.

July 18, 2019 at 1:23 AM

This is gonna be bigger than a microchip! (As Dr. Venkman would say!) I am so excited for this and I think this will make me take my first ever trip to HHN! I will start looking at planning a trip ASAP. I feel the Ghostbusters franchise is perfect for theme parks and it should have been brought back years ago. This is the first step and maybe next it could turn into a good E-ticket shooter ride (stateside and better than the Dubai version). Even though the franchise is old it is still very popular. As long as the ride/attraction is good, it can be a huge success. Just look at the Waterworld stunt show for example... bad movie but great show. Take an old but good franchise, add a great ride and the staying power can and popularity can make the park rich beyond their wildest dreams!

July 18, 2019 at 2:16 AM

From what I understand, it will mostly focus on the original film but feature nods to the sequel and the reboot. I’m still apprehensive about ST and GB headlining HHN. They’re both not horror and a huge step away from the adult content of American Horror Story, their last big IP.

July 18, 2019 at 7:50 AM

I'm very excited for ST and GB, hope the merchandise is better than last year though. I like having a mix of horror and cool IP. Also, i visit those houses very early or with express, then they fill up and keep the other houses less busy.
If they do actually scrap an original for a house based on the movie Us, then that will be extremely disappointing.

July 19, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Oh dear! They are turning it into a children's event. Shame on you Universal! The halcyon days of 2014-2017 now seem a distant past. How lucky Mrs Plum and I were to be there for the real HHN.

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